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Official: Iraq Should Lead Reconstruction

Iraq’s planning minister said Monday his country should be in charge of reconstruction efforts instead of foreign donors, and he laid out a strategy aimed at improving life for Iraqis frustrated by security and political challenges. “Iraq must be in the driving seat,” Planning Minister Barham Salih said as representatives of 60 countries and international organizations gathered here to review Iraq’s reconstruction checklist and coordinate with donors on ways to move forward. “We need Iraqi leadership, we need Iraqi ownership of the reconstruction program and a partnership with the international community,” he said, echoing criticism by some Iraqis that many projects were suggested by the U.S.-backed Interim Governing Council members, many of whom had not been in the country for years. Full Story

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